Training Programs

Research for Behavioral Oncology and Cancer Control

Purpose and Objectives

The primary purpose of the Training in Research for Behavioral Oncology and Cancer Control program is to develop and implement a multidisciplinary training program that will provide the didactic and research experiences necessary to enable trainees to establish collaborative postgraduate careers in behavioral oncology/cancer control research. The program will be flexible enough to address the educational needs of individuals from different academic home disciplines, but formalized enough to ensure that participants achieve high levels of content knowledge and acquire intensive research experience by the time they complete their studies.

Core Requirements

All students will be required to complete a set of didactic and research-based core requirements, although these will be tailored to the experiences and academic backgrounds of students. The three core requirements are:

  • Specialized curriculum
  • Other didactic experiences
  • Mentored research experiences
Specialized Curriculum

Predoctoral students will be required to take four (3 credit hours each) courses that address topics not currently covered by existing coursework at the participating schools/departments. Postdoctoral students will take classes that support their training needs as determined in consultation with their mentors and the Internal Advisory Committee. In addition to taking this specialized curriculum as part of their broader scientific training, students are expected to take or have taken at least two doctoral-level statistics courses, at least one doctoral-level methods course and at least one doctoral-level theory course during their graduate career.

Other Didactic Experiences

The program will also provide opportunities to acquire scientific knowledge and professional development outside of formal coursework through a variety of activities.

Examples of these experiences may include the following:

  • Monthly IU Simon Cancer Center Cancer Control Seminars
  • Annual Behavioral Cooperative Oncology Group (BCOG) event (required)
  • Monthly Behavioral Oncology Journal Club (required)
  • Cancer Control scientist meetings
  • IU Simon Cancer Center Grand Rounds
  • Indiana Cancer Consortium meetings
  • Fairbanks ethics lectures
  • Financial support to attend professional meetings
Mentored Research Experiences

Students will be required to begin engaging in mentored research as soon as they are admitted to the program and to devote the bulk of their research activities to issues relevant to cancer control. Research must be performed in conjunction with two mentors, at least one of whom must possess primary status as defined by the program.

Specific Aims
  1. Identify and recruit outstanding predoctoral and postdoctoral students from diverse academic, racial and socioeconomic backgrounds who are trained in a variety of health-related disciplines.
  2. Develop and implement the specialized program curriculum, designed to provide content knowledge from the basic, clinical and psychosocial disciplines relevant to behavioral oncology.
  3. Provide a scholarly environment that demonstrates the advantages of multidisciplinary collaboration and fosters willingness to continue seeking collaborative experiences.
  4. Provide didactic experiences in scientific methods using a behavioral oncology focus.
  5. Provide intensive, multidisciplinary, hands-on research experiences that will prepare students to independently pursue their own research interests.
  6. Develop the professional skills, including paper and grant writing, needed to achieve a successful research career.
  7. Build long-lasting peer/mentor relationships that will lead to collaborative efforts in the future.
  8. Promote multidisciplinary collaboration among the mentors and other faculty participating in the program.

For more information, contact:

Liza Sumpter
Program Manager
Center for Research and Scholarship
IU School of Nursing
1111 Middle Drive, NU 338
Indianapolis, IN 46202
(317) 274-7563
Fax: (317) 278-2021
sumpterl@iupui.edu